...if only I could have found synonyms for "awareness" and "adult" or "other person" that started with B...my life is eternally unfulfilled now.
Today's post on babies is dedicated to Glendon Mellow of the Flying Trilobite, who just yesterday welcomed a bouncing TriloBoy! Congratulations to Glendon!!! That's going to be one amazingly awesome family. 🙂
So let's talk about the ability to recognize other people's beliefs, and other people's point of view. It's a skill that most people think other people lack entirely (especially around the holidays, it seems). But it turns out that all humans can understand what other people believe. And not just adult humans...BABIES.
(Though I still think the planet would be a better place if we ALL had one of these. Fire at will.)
Kovacs et al. "The Social Sense: Susceptibility to Others’ Beliefs in Human Infants and Adults" Science, 2010.
So three years ago now, Sci made a New Year's Resolution to read 100 books in a year. That's a book every three days. I was actually doing very well until I started a blog in the May of that year. That kind of tanked that project, though I still managed to read over 60 books.
The year after that, my resolutions were more modest, 30 books. I didn't make it. I read 29. But I still felt pretty solid. That list is here.
And this year, I wanted to continue the tradition. I didn't have many expectations for myself, I DID write a dissertation, after all, but I didn't do as badly as I thought I would. I even passed 30!! Continue Reading »
Sci was particularly interested in the role of oxytocin in facial recognition, because it's NOT facial recognition like you would normally think of, just recognizing a face as a face or a face as THE face of a specific person. No, oxytocin appears to be related more to the recognition in a face of a certain social stimuli, in this case, the social stimuli of angry or happy faces.
Evans et al. "Oxytocin Decreases Aversion to Angry Faces in an Associative Learning Task" Neuropsychopharmacology, 2010.
Sci has noticed that a lot of scientists tend to listen to a lot of music or podcasts. Much as I'm sure we all KNOW that science is all glamor and cocaine and hookers and wild nights of crazy exciting science...yeah, let's not lie. A lot of science is tedious, and a truly astonishing amount of it involves slicing various items into extraordinarily thin sections. Sci would have much more fun if we were allowed to blend things instead.
But sadly, Sci spends way more time slicing than blending.
And during the slicing, she listens to a lot of podcasts. And so every year I like to throw the ones I'm listening to out into the aether, and take recommendations for new ones, in the hope of turning up something new and interesting.
After all, what is more festive than candy striped underwear, right? Well, HERE is how to create your own, entirely without the trouble of dyeing, or going out and buying the stuff. All you need is white underwear, and a LOT of these:
Cilliers and de Beer. "The case of the red lingerie - chromhidrosis revisited." Dermatology, 1999.
Every so often, Sci comes across a study that at first looks incredibly exciting...and then kind of becomes a bit of a let down. Not because it was a BAD study, mind, but because I want MORE. Thus was this study.
So let's talk about high fat diets, and let's talk about coke. But mostly coke.
Wellman, et al. "Impairment of acquisition of cocaine self-administration in rats maintained on a high-fat diet" Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior, 2007.
See that little link on the sidebar for my cafepress store? I've got cool stuff there. Everything from Scicurious messenger bags to mugs to beer steins to THONGS. And of course there are lots of tshirts! It's all Sci stuff, and it all could be YOURS! Think of how awesome you and your friends could look. How...Scicurious!